Sunderland 0:0 Leicester City
A 0-0 draw at the Sunderland Stadium of Light on Saturday meant that City will be playing in the Premier League next season, thanks to their incredible late season revival…
Nigel Pearson made one change to his side with King replacing the injured James.
It was Sunderland who got off to a strong start in front of a large and tense crowd, and Larsson’s clever free-kick towards the near-post almost caught out Schmeichel with everyone expecting a cross.
City’s first chance came when Cambiasso.delivered a cross which Albrighton nodded towards Ulloa but it was just too high for the Argentinian to reach,
In the 23rd minute Sunderland went close again when a Cattermole chip over the defence saw Graham clear on goal but Schmeichel was well placed to block his effort on the turn.
The game tightened up further at this stage and very little of note happened up to the break.City weren’t playing with their usual vibrant style of the last few weeks, but they were breaking up Sunderland’s play very well.
Almost inevitably, it was 0-0 at half-time…
City had the first chance of the second half when Ulloa nodded an Albrighton cross narrowly wide, but it was the action elsewhere in the country that caused the biggest excitement in the crowd as news of a Spurs goal against Hull filtered through the stadium.
Albrighton delivered another good ball into the middle but Cambiasso couldn’t find the finishing touch.
Meanwhile, in London, QPR overturned a Newcastle lead, while Tottenham went further ahead against Hull and all City had to do was maintain the goalless scoreline…
Sunderland pursued a priceless winner, and van Aanholt and Johnson both went close, but the City defence. marshalled by the magnificent Huth, never looked stretched.
City almost snatched a winner when Pantilimon underestimated Vardy’s pace and had to put in a crashing challenge on him on the edge of the box. The loose ball fell nicely for Kramarić but he hurried what should have been a simple chip into an empty net and his effort went high and wide.
The final whistle brought a subdued reaction from the home support, in contrast to the celebrating Leicester players and fans. City had pulled off an incredible Houdini style escape act – so unbelievable that it is still sinking in.
We are Premier League!
Sunderland: Pantilimon, Jones (Reveillere 85), van Aanholt, O’Shea, Coates, Bridcutt (Johnson 60), Cattermole, Larsson, Wickham, Graham (Fletcher 80), Defoe. Subs Not Used: Giaccherini, Vergini, Buckley, Mannone.
Leicester: Schmeichel, Wasilewski, Huth, Morgan, Albrighton, Cambiasso, Mahrez (Drinkwater 66), King, Schlupp, Ulloa (Kramarić 74), Vardy. Subs Not Used: De Laet, Konchesky, Hammond, Schwarzer, Wood.
Referee: M Atkinson. Attendance: 46,705.
ALL PHOTOS: Simon Kimber
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